Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at 7 pm Sunday combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today’s America. The first episode focuses on Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis.
A young orphan is branded a rebel for wanting more gruel, leading to a phantasmagoria of adventures in early 19th-century London on Masterpiece Classic Oliver Twist at 8 pm Sunday.
Chris Isaak performs a personal tribute to the glory days of the legendary Memphis Sun Studio Chris Isaak Live! Beyond the Sun at 7 pm Monday.
“Fenway Park At 100” at 7 pm Tuesday celebrates the centennial of the oldest (and smallest) ballpark in America. This film tells the story of Fenway’s long history as a venue for sports and as a public space; masses for WWI soldiers, a 1918 Irish Republican rally, FDR’s last presidential campaign speech, concerts by Bruce Springsteen and others.
“Triangle Fire: American Experience” at 8 pm Tuesday explores the tragic fire that led to the landmark legislation that gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. Teams of intrepid scientists equipped with the latest technology are making extraordinary breakthroughs in their understanding of these intelligent life forms – breakthroughs that may safeguard their survival.
“Nova: Cracking Your Genetic Code” at 8 pm Wednesday explores the question – What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA — all three billion chemical letters of it — read, stored and available for analysis?
“Quest For The Lost Maya” at 9 pm Wednesday explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico.
Grammy-winners Coldplay, the modern-rock giants who have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, perform hits and selections from their newest album on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday.
Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, talks about the news business on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.
Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday gives an in-depth look into University of Texas’ Visual Arts Center’s efforts to create a bridge between students and professional artists through their Artist-in-Residence program.
Performed at the New World Symphony’s spectacular new Frank Gehry-designed home in Miami, Tilson Thomas shares the stage with a 30-piece orchestra and ensemble cast to bring the repertoire and words of Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky to life on Great Performances: The Thomashefskys at 8 pm Thursday.
Great Performances: San Francisco Symphony at 100 at 9 pm Friday presents a centennial gala concert program hosted by acclaimed writer and San Francisco native Amy Tan, featuring SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas along with guest artists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang performing works by Copland, Mendelssohn and Britten.
Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents the evolution of electric guitar music with Sonic Youth and the Black Keys.